Mark D. Drapeau started the topic Should Government Start Its Own (Reliable) Microblogging Service? in the forum Forum Discussions 10 years, 2 months ago
Yesterday, Twitter was down for about an hour. Very little has changed with this service in three years. It is unreliable and the company’s leadership is poor at communicating with users, especially non-elite, non-geek, non-blog-obsessed ones. You know, like the average citizen. So, thinking about how GSA made its own URL shortener, I was wondering if the GSA should make its own public, decentralized, reliable microblogging service. It could be made for the purposes of simple, unified communications for emergencies (like Haiti, say), but could obviously be used for many other purposes. And it would be open source, so that many could participate. What do you think? Should the GSA or a trusted contractor debut such an alternative, focused on a government and non-profit audience of users (but open to anyone)?
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